Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson

I'm usually not a fan of what I call "women in jeopardy" novels, in which the woman is a victim or captive throughout the book. But, Lisa Jackson kept me turning pages in Chosen to Die.

Regan Pescoli, a detective with the Pinewood County, Montana, Sheriff's Department, is already angry at her ex-husband, but his demands for full-time custody of her two teenagers, just before Christmas, only infuriates her more. As she charges across snow-covered roads toward Lucky's house, she becomes another target of the Star-Crossed Killer. The sheriff's department and the FBI have been working the case of the killer who shoots out the tires of his victims, causing a car accident, then nurses them back to health, only to leave them tied to a tree to die in Montana's inclement weather. When Regan heard the gunshot, and felt her jeep swerve out of control, she knew she was the killer's latest victim.

As I said, I might not normally read a story in which a woman has to fight her captor through the entire book. But, Jackson adds a a police procedural element. Selena Alvarez, Regan's partner, is part of the team trying to find Regan, and the reader gets to follow Selena. The book has multiple viewpoints, that of Regan, Selena, the killer, Regan's boyfriend, and even her son. Jackson skillfully juggles people and storylines. The inclusion of the Long family provided motivation for the killer, but Padgett Long's story seemed out of place in the book. In fact, that storyline was left hanging. Perhaps for a future book?

Chosen to Die, with its police procedural elements, romance, and interesting characters, kept me reading. It should be another success for Lisa Jackson.

Lisa Jackson's website is www.lisajackson.com

Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson. Kensington, ©2009. ISBN 9781420102772 (paperback), 480p.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Like you, I'm not usually a fan of this plot line, but it sounds more interesting than usual since the victim is a member of the police.

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Lesa said...

Plus, Elizabeth, the entire book isn't about the killer and his captive. It's much more about the search for her.